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league. The broom factory team now
leads by a scant margin of four
games over the team from the tan
nery, chiefly by reason of the prowess
of-one "Red" Connors, who is the
Walter Johnson of the prison and
whose victories are more numerous
than hfs aliases and that is going
some. "Red" is doing a short "bit"
for taking money from the wrong
pocket another man's and when
he gets out he says he's going to
change his name and try to connect
with some professional team.
The baseball diamond is laid out
inside the walls and one hour each
day is devoted to the sport Convicts
who are not baseball fans- are per
mitted spend the time wrestling or
boxing. There is nothing to curb the
rooting of the fans but the high walls
and a rigid rule against profanity,
and when two teams meet the com
ments of the convict fans can be
heard for several blocks.
Warden Allen umpires most of .the
games himself. He is probably the
least disputed umpire in the world.
When he is too busy to do the umpir
ing Warden Allen assigns a deputy
or guard to hold the indicator. A new
diamond is being constructed outside
the walls for the "trusties."
Warden Allen also has adopted the
policy of spending so much time ev
ery day going about the prison 'shops
and factories where he mingles with
the men. The convicts have come to
look upon him as a friend and adviser
and if they feel they "have a grouch
or a kick" regardirig their life in the
prison he courts criticism from them
"We are not conducting a pleasure
resort here, by any manner of
means," said the warden today. "Jo
liet prison is a place where men are
incarcerated as punishment for
primes against society. With the pun
ishment we strive to mete out to
every man confined here a modicum
of human kindness arid, if possible,
turn nim away from the pit into
which he has fallen and start him
right. We. are' not forgetting for a
minute that these men are human
Ibeings. We ""treat them as such."
TAKING NO CHANCE
"Why don't you make that feller
pull out attle? I don't seerany sense
in giving him all .the road."r
"Don't you? Well, 'that feller's
teamin' f er th' 'dynamite factory."
Uncle Well, you ydung rascal,
how many thrashings have you had
at school today? fl
Nephew I can't Temember, Uncle.
I never trouble about what goes on
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